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12 Common Complaints about Learning Management Systems (LMS)

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Get any group of learning professionals in a room, and one of the first topics of discussion will be Learning Management Systems (LMS). have rarely heard a learning professional say “ Our LMS does everything we need.” ” More often than not I hear complaints. Here are twelve (12) common complaints about Learning Management Systems. Usability is an established science these days.

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases. This is a shame. Learning Strategy Our Changing Practice

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

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Question from a client: We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we? This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases. This is a shame. Learning Strategy Our Changing Practice

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Technology Options for Developing and Leveraging Staff Knowledge and Skills

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Question from a client: Our staff need to be agile in knowledge and skill development to thrive in an environment of ever faster change. What are the technology options for different states in skill and knowledge? Of course, foundation knowledge or skills should always be couched in learner’s context so that they can understand how the information relates to them.

Attract, Engage, and Develop Talent using Open Badges: An IBM case study

Companies have an incredible opportunity to use badges to help attract, engage, recognize and develop talent. There have been significant developments around digital credentials and particularly the fast rise of badges and micro-credentials. Learning Professionals need to be aware of what's happening and innovators should be taking a leading role. In this session, David will go through the well-known IBM Open Badge Program to help explain badge programs.

Tips to Help Avoid eLearning and LMS Project Failure

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Implementing eLearning and/or a Learning Management System (LMS) is a significant investment in resources and budget. It can also feel like a ‘leap of faith’ when engaging an e-learning or LMS provider. Engaging a provider requires trust. It requires a deep and mutual understanding of requirements and expectations. It’s inevitable there will be misunderstandings along the way.

Tips on Implementing a Learning Management System (LMS)

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Are you thinking about implementing a Learning Management System but don’t know where to start? Recently I was invited by Redback Conferencing to present on the topic of implementing a Learning Management System (LMS), as part of their free Business Skills webinar series. Choosing the right LMS. Avoiding project risk. Part 2: Learning Management Systems – Are You Ready?

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5 Challenges Developing E-Learning as a Revenue Stream

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With the promise of faster national and global broadband networks comes opportunities for entrepreneurs in the training industry. As an independent e-learning consultant, I’m often asked how to develop e-learning courses as a viable revenue stream for their business - to sell to clients. You can imagine the answer is complex. Analyse your idea. It all sounds like a good idea.

Looking ‘Under the Hood’ of MOOCs

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There’s lots of excitement about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course); new business models and prestige for education institutions, new opportunities for people from around the world to access learning. I’ve been a university student and lecturer, I’ve trained tertiary teachers in online design and facilitation, and I’ve been a guest presenter in MOOCs. Motivation is about ‘what’s in it for me’.

New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.

5 Reasons to Implement E-Learning

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From a business perspective, there are arguably five (5) main drivers for implementing e-learning (learning technologies): 1. Build staff productivity. The business decision to employ anyone is all about productivity. What an employee costs an employer must be a fraction of the profit he or she contributes to the business. Build efficiencies in staff development. Learning options -. Manage risk.

7 Tips for developing an E-Learning Strategy

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Part of my job is to provide e-learning strategy support to clients. have a number of processes for this kind of engagement, and E-Learning Academy members to have access to an e-learning course on Strategy , and a number of other tools and resources. Top line tips for developing an e-learning strategy. 1. responsiveness, competition, changing consumer demands, legislation changes. Brandon Hall.

Five Drivers to Organisational Learning

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There are so many contributing factors to successful organisational learning. I’ve been thinking through what might be the top 5. Importantly to note, two are intrinsic to the individual, two are extrinsic, and only one of the five requires a specific learning intervention. let’s take a look at these, and our role in promoting these drivers. 1. Curiosity (intrinsic). Time (extrinsic).

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E-Learning Change Management Free Video Series

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Followers of our E-Learning Academy blog may be aware I have been posting a series of videos on change management when implementing e-learning including Learning Management systems, webinars and performance support tools. Here is a link to the enture series on YouTube. The series is also embedded below. Please kindly let me know if any of the series has been helpful to you. Thank you.

Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

In this whitepaper, you will discover the main reasons why the LMS alone is no longer meeting the needs of the modern learner. More importantly, you will learn what you can do to enhance its value.

Managing Change in Organisational Learning: Part 1

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Question from client: What do we need to think about to manage the change associated with introducing technology into our learning strategy? This is such a big topic that I thought I would respond over a series of blog posts. Today I’ll make comment on three broad questions. For end users to adopt technology, they must perceive that the return to do so is greater than their effort.

Addressing The Great Organisational Learning Debate: Employee Sovereignty vs Compliance E-Learning

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One of the great debates we see in organisations is between the will or sovereignty of the individual versus the corporate desire for conformity – for staff to comply with corporate strategy and execution. This is particularly true in e-learning. And, if you give staff choice to read a document, watch a video or complete an e-learn at their own free will, they probably won’t. Lead them.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Thank you.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

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The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Thank you.

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Workshop, E-Learning or Video? A question of strategy

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Question from a client: We’re rolling out workshops about a new people development process. We want to use e-learning to reach the people we miss. How should we go about it? Should we use e-learning via the LMS or video on the intranet? This is a good question. Of course the question should be linked directly to purpose, and all modalities should be planned concurrently. Workshop. Video.

An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 2

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Last month I wrote a big picture perspective on managing change when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see Part 1 ). Today is the second of 5 posts on this topic. will share some things to think about from an organisational perspective – covering Corporates, Not-For-Profit organisations and Training Providers. We’ll look at it from three perspectives: 1.

Thinking e-learning strategy? Think video

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Every day, 98 years of video is being uploaded onto YouTube ( reference ). YouTube is now the second most commonly searched platform, after Google. It has 2 billion visitors a day, and handles 10% of all Internet traffic ( reference ). YouTube is strategically owned by Google. Can you imagine the pipeline of ideas Google has for video? Take Google TV  . Three types of video for learning. Briefings.

How we think about learning influences our e-learning practice

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My EdD Supervisor is Emeitus Paul Hager , an educational philosopher who keeps it ‘real’ for me when it comes to the inter-relationship between learning and technology. recently read a number of Paul’s papers about learning in the workplace. Typical learning technologies (LMS, e-learning courseware) has served to reinforce theoretical aspects associated with psychology (column 1).

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Choosing a Social Media Platform for Formal and Informal Learning

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I have just released episode 23 of the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy free video and audio podcast series. This is the first of a series of three podcasts exploring social media platforms for formal and informal learning in organisations. This episode explores things to think about when choosing a social media platform for learning. You can doenload our free elearning tutorials from iTunes.

End User Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 5

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Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about change management when introducing  a learning technology (e-learning) strategy (see Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 ). We’ll look at this topic from four parameters: 1. Managing expectations. Many end users have an established mental model of what learning is and where it occurs – in a classroom, with a trainer. There

E-Learning – The Fast Food of Organisational Learning?

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I recently reviewed a 2010 Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he argues for change in education. He warns us against the industrialisation, systematisation and standardisation of education – how this linear, ‘one size fits all’ treatment of education stifles the organic nature of learning. think we sometimes are. Social media for learning soft skills and tasks.

Keeping Learning in Mind: Challenges in E-Learning Practice

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Last Friday May 25 I had the privilege of presenting at the ElNet Workplace Congress in Sydney. thought I’d share a synopsis of my activity-based presentation: Keeping Learning in Mind: Challenges in E-Learning Practice. We asked ourselves how we define learning, when it is triggered, and what does it look like in your organisation. Reward behaviours of sharing and collaboration. Thank you. .

The Performance Management Storm: Four Macro-Trends Driving the Change

Needed: A shift from traditional performance management systems (organized as an annual review process) to newer performance development systems (organized around real-time dynamics). Download part one in a series to gain insight into why this shift must happen and why it needs to happening now

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Video for Organisational Learning

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Podcast 29 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has recently been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring the role of video in organisational learning. This episode explores five kinds of video, in particular video for evaluation or assessment activities. You can download our free elearning tutorial series from iTunes.

Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Code of Conduct and Ethics) is an inadequate mechanism for attaining an ethical organisational culture. I was not disappointed. Author : Buffer, Inc Website : [link] -->. Learning Strategy

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Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not make an Ethical Culture

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GRC Solutions host regular Compliance forums in Sydney and soon to be Melbourne. The forums are well attended by practitioners charged with organisational development, governance and workplace practices. Code of Conduct and Ethics) is an inadequate mechanism for attaining an ethical organisational culture. I was not disappointed. Author : Buffer, Inc Website : [link] -->. Learning Strategy

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Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: What Is Blended Learning?

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Podcast 26 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has just been released. This is the first in a series of three podcasts exploring blended learning in organisations. This episode explores a definition for blended learning, and the conditions required for blended learning to be successful in organisations. Or read the podcast 26 transcript.

Free E-Learning Tutorial: Tips for producing video for organisational learning

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Podcast 30 of the the Connect Thinking E-learning Academy free video and audio podcast series has recently been released. This is the second in a series of three podcasts exploring the role of video in organisational learning and training. In this video we explore video design for four kinds of video – conceptual, procedural, expertise and recordings. Or read the podcast 30 transcript.

E-Learning courware or LMS – Which comes first?

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Question from a client: We are an industrial business with about 400 staff. We know we need to move into e-learning for complance training reasons, but this is all new to us. What are our options? Many e-learning & Learning Management System (LMS) providers say you should purchase a LMS before developing e-learning courseware. You want to avoid choosing the wrong system for your needs.

A Functional Perspective to Managing Change in Learning: Part 3

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Over the last couple of months I’ve blogged about change management when introducing technology (e-learning) into a learning strategy (see part 1 – setting the context , and part 2 – organisational perspective ). Let’s take a look at five areas of impact: 1. Readiness to design, develop and manage technology. LMS and the ‘One stop shop’ systems integration.

How the right tech tools for your team can power your sales enablement strategy

A staggering 80% of sales professionals report they don’t remember or implement their lessons from annual sales kickoff meetings.Our new publication, available below, explores how companies can avoid costly mistakes in sales training.